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“Unfortunately, politics seem to have overtaken science," - Dan Ashe, director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the head of the U.S. delegation to the Bangkok conference, said in a statement.
Dr. Charles Monnett, an Alaskan wildlife biologist working for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, blamed global warming on the deaths of four polar bears he observed floating dead. His scientific opinion was that extreme winds and wave activity caused from a recent storm had exhausted the bears which are normally superior swimmers. He then connected the dots in his “scientific” research, producing a report claiming that global warming caused more storms and the combination of melting ice and storms will kill the bears at an accelerated rate.
Dr. Monnett has been placed on leave and is barred from speaking to the press while being investigated for “integrity issues” linked to the polar bear report.
Polar bears became the visual symbol of dangers of global warming after Monnett’s exaggerated report was featured in Gore’s fictional film, An Inconvenient Truth which was billed as a scientific documentary.
Oddly polar bears are not endangered. They are classified as Appendix II of the CITES accords, which applies to species that are not currently threatened with extinction but may face it without restrictions on the trade of their body parts.
Despite the fact that the BBC reported that global warming would leave the Arctic ice-free in summer by 2013, today there are 533,000 more square miles of ocean covered with ice than at the same time last year – an increase of 29%.